Fox Theatre

119 S. Tower Avenue,
Centralia, WA 98531

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Original portholes

This single screen theater opened on September 5, 1930, with Buster Keaton in “Doughboys”. The Fox Theatre was designed by architect Frank Wynkoop, working out of the office of Robert C. Reamer, with B. Marcus Priteca acting as consultant. It originally had 1,200 seats on three levels and was operated successfully for decades, until it was closed in 1998 (as a triple screen theatre) by its operator, Act III Theatres.

The Fox Theatre was sold to the non-profit group Opera Pacfica in 2004, which began the process of restoring the theater. It was occasionally used for movie screenings. It was bought back by the city of Centralia in 2007, and restoration work continues. Film performances began in early-2009.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 43 comments)

KenLayton on November 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

There is a picture of the new marquee still on the back of a flatbed truck on the theater’s Facebook page now. It looks great!

Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Ken, do you work for the Fox?

KenLayton on November 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I’ve worked at the Fox in the past.

KenLayton on December 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Pictures of the new marquee (both lighted and unlighted) are on the theater’s facebook page:

KenLayton on December 12, 2013 at 5:32 am

Pictures of the new awning and neon signage are now on their facebook page. The new awning was just installed yesterday and I hear it’s fantastic. It was made by a sign company in Sacramento, California.

KenLayton on December 15, 2013 at 6:00 am

There are now pictures posted on their Facebook page of the new awning all lit up. It sure is colorful!

davefox on October 20, 2014 at 2:40 am

I’m told that Opera Pacifica no longer is involved with the Fox.

KenLayton on October 20, 2014 at 2:47 am

davefox: Yes that is correct. Opera Pacifica no longer has any involvement with the Fox Theater. Scott White of Historic Fox Theater is the current owner/operator.

KenLayton on May 31, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Good news! The City of Centralia has approved a one million dollar bond to fund restorations of the Fox Theater. Story here:

KenLayton on March 17, 2019 at 5:55 am

The Daily Chronicle is reporting the City of Centralia has indeed granted the Fox Theater a million dollars for restorations.

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